from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To throw with violence: flung the dish against the wall. See Synonyms at throw.
- transitive v. To put or send suddenly or unexpectedly: troops that were flung into battle.
- transitive v. To throw (oneself) into an activity with abandon and energy.
- transitive v. To cast aside; discard: fling propriety away.
- intransitive v. To move quickly, violently, or impulsively.
- n. The act of flinging.
- n. A brief period of indulging one's impulses. See Synonyms at binge.
- n. Informal A usually brief attempt or effort: You take a fling at it.
- n. A brief sexual or romantic relationship.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Short, often sexual relationship.
- n. An act of unrestrained indulgence.
- n. An act of throwing, often violently.
- n. An act of moving the limbs or body with violent movements, especially in a dance.
- n. An attempt, a try (as in "give it a fling").
- v. To throw with violence or quick movement; to hurl.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cast, send, to throw from the hand; to hurl; to dart; to emit with violence as if thrown from the hand.
- transitive v. To shed forth; to emit; to scatter.
- transitive v. To throw; to hurl; to throw off or down; to prostrate; hence, to baffle; to defeat.
- intransitive v. To throw; to wince; to flounce.
- intransitive v. To cast in the teeth; to utter abusive language; to sneer.
- intransitive v. To throw one's self in a violent or hasty manner; to rush or spring with violence or haste.
- n. A cast from the hand; a throw; also, a flounce; a kick.
- n. A severe or contemptuous remark; an expression of sarcastic scorn; a gibe; a sarcasm.
- n. A kind of dance.
- n. A trifing matter; an object of contempt.
- n. a short period during which one indulges one's wishes, whims, or desires in an unrestrained manner.
- n. a love affair.
- n. a casual or brief attempt to accomplish something.
- n. a period during which one tries a new activity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To throw, cast, or hurl; especially, to throw with force, violence, or swiftness, with ardor, vehemence, disdain, impatience, or indifference: as, the waves flung the ship upon the rocks; his antagonist flung him to the ground; to fling a sarcasm at an opponent; they flung themselves suddenly upon the enemy; to fling a penny to a beggar.
- To throw aside or off, as a burden.
- To get rid of.
- To act by throwing in some particular way; discharge a missile, or something analogous to a missile.
- To aim a blow, as with a weapon; let fly.
- To hasten; fly; rush.
- To start away with a sudden motion, as in token of displeasure; rush away in anger.
- To fly into violent and irregular motions; flounce; throw out the legs violently, as a horse; kick.
- To utter harsh or abusive language; upbraid; sneer: as, she began to flout and fling.
- n. A throw; a cast from the hand.
- n. Entire freedom of action; wild dash into pleasure, adventure, or excitement of any kind; enjoyment of pleasure to the full extent of one's opportunities.
- n. A lively Scotch country-dance; a reel or hornpipe, especially of the kind called the Highland fling, usually danced by one person.
- n. A gibe; a sneer; a sarcasm; a severe or contemptuous remark.
- n. A slight, trifling matter: in the following proverb:
- n. A sudden or rapid throwing; a whipping action; a sidewise motion with respect to the principal direction of motion: as, the fling of a connecting-rod.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. indulge oneself
- v. move in an abrupt or headlong manner
- v. throw with force or recklessness
- v. throw or cast away
- n. the act of flinging
- n. a usually brief attempt
- n. a brief indulgence of your impulses
Middle English flingen, of Scandinavian origin; see plāk-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse flengja (Wiktionary)